“The terminal will be one of Etihad Rail’s main public freight terminals in Dubai, and is expected to become the centre of non-bonded transport in the emirate.”
The UAE’s national rail developer and operator Etihad Rail has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a new freight terminal in Dubai Industrial City (DIC). The terminal will be one of Etihad Rail’s main public freight terminals in Dubai, and is expected to become the centre of non-bonded transport in the emirates.
The new freight terminal will include container, automotive and bulk-handling facilities and will be located 25km away from Jebel Ali Port, 50km from Khalifa Port, and 5km from Al Maktoum International Airport.
Dubai Industrial City CEO Abdulla Khalifa Belhoul said that the construction of the station and the Etihad Rail project will greatly contribute to the diversification of Dubai’s economy.
“[The terminal] will drive investment in infrastructure, transport and the wider value chain, while providing additional connectivity and operational efficiency for companies across the UAE,” Belhoul said.
“The Etihad Rail station will offer another easy, safe and convenient transportation option, and once complete, it will help reduce companies’ operational costs and speed up the logistics process,” Belhoul added.
Meanwhile, Etihad Rail is preparing to begin operations by the end of 2013 on a rail link to transport sulphur from Habshan to Ruwais, as part of the first phase of the UAE’s $11bn national railway network.
Construction of the 1,200km rail network is being carried out in three phases and upon completion it will be used for both freight and passenger transport.
Tenders for the second phase of the project will be awarded by the end of 2013, and will include the construction of a 628km rail line, linking Mussafah Port to Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali Port, while the third phase will span 279km.
Preliminary engineering work for Stage Three, which will connect the rest of the Northern Emirates, is currently underway.
The UAE rail network will form part of the GCC Railway Network, connecting the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman through Al Ain in the east.
Earlier in April, Etihad Rail took delivery of the first two of seven locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel under an order signed in August 2011.
The new SD70ACS heavy freight locomotives will be used on the 264km first phase of the line, linking Shah and Habshan to the port of Ruwais.